Honestly, there were times when we didn’t think our little place could ever produce 3 TONS of food. Mission, IMPOSSIBLE… or so we thought. (Many of the trees aren’t even mature and are only a few years old, so could it be possible that this little space of ours could reach close to 8,000 lbs in a couple years’ time????) Just imagine if everyone in urban, suburbanite areas in America grew a garden (any size), how much food there’d be! Never say never, dream big dreams, reach for the stars … it’s possible.

– Journal entry Jan 1, 2004

In 2003 our little garden produced what some folks would say impossible,  6,000 lbs ( 3 tons) from ONE TENTH of an acre.

This month, we are pretty excited to report (drum roll please!) that the record of 6,200 lbs harvested in year (2004) has been broken and we still have one month to go!

One would think we’d turn cartwheels, bang on a few drums and send out invitations to a huge harvest party at this news but rather we feel that pulling in so much produce under such conditions was in fact a miracle and truly a wonderful blessings.

2010 proved to be a mighty challenging year – hot spring, cold summer, record breaking heat in fall,  invasive bagrada (harlequin bugs) and now early winter.

We had good harvest this month of guavas, guavas and more guavas!  Also harvested a bunch more squash, the last of the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers  and the extremely filling and highly nutritious lima beans.    However, some harvest just didn’t pan out.  Take for instance the pomegranates.  We had averaged over 65 lbs every year but not this year:  we got a miserly and pathetic 6 lbs.

Ah the joys of farming, more like being on a roller coaster ride if you ask me.  This year it seemed we are riding the Mad Hatter.

November Harvest

492 lb Produce

Nada, zilch chicken or duck eggs

First time we’ve gone an ENTIRE month without eggs.  Jordanne tells me that we aren’t the only ones in the So Cal area, she’s heard from others that are reporting little to no eggs.  Jordanne will be writing about winter egg production at Barnyards and Backyards

2010 Year to Date Harvest Totals

6,396 lbs of Produce

131 lbs of Honey

293 Duck Eggs

706 Chicken Eggs


  1. Janice ENgelberth says:

    Congratulations! I commend you on your hard work and determination to meet a goal. We live in such a wonderful world that must provide the heat, water, soil, etc. If we couple that with man’s education, efforts and determination so much is possible. Thanks you for encouraging us to keep on keeping on.

  2. Stacy says:

    Congratulations on your great produce year! I notice you do not include milk from the goats in your numbers. Also wondering if the fish will reproduce or if they will have to be replaced each time? Hope it’s not prying. I learn so much from what you share. Thanks!

  3. Nebraska Dave says:

    In the throes of cold and snow, it’s always so refreshing to read about harveting food. Thank you so much for continuing to share about the life journey of your family. It’s been a great inspiration for me and helps me to keep heading toward self sufficiency. One step at a time and maybe just maybe I get to that simple satisfying life I so desire.

    Have a great California day.

  4. Maureen says:

    Wow…that’s impressive! And we haven’t gotten many eggs either….maybe 1 a day from 6 chickens….but I thought our problem was that they are/were molting. How odd.

  5. Rhonda says:

    That’s WONDERFUL!!!!!

    Will you be writing an article soon on the “Safe Food” bill that got passed and then blocked yesterday? It literally made me sick to my stomach when I heard it had passed. I’m hoping that now it has been block people will be changing their minds about it. Once I found out it had passed, I went to and bought some seeds. Who knows how much longer it will be legal to have them … 🙂

  6. Veronica V. says:

    I so know how Jordanne feels. I have gone from 9-10 eggs per day to 2-3. I can probaly chalk that up to dwindling light and flash flooding. My coop has been flooding for the past week. Uggg. My garden only has a few collards and cabbages left under the inch of snow we go today. But I did get some goodies out for Thanksgiving.

  7. Jeni says:

    Congratulations! That is an amazing accomplishment!! I wish you guys all the best in the next growing season!!! I have to admit I am a little jealous of your growing season. We have 4 feet of snow already here in Utah.
    You are not the only ones that are not getting chicken or duck eggs. We have many friends that are getting little to none with theirs and our production has gone down tremendously to. We were averaging 4 duck eggs from 4 ducks and any where from 8-10 chicken eggs from 14 hens (now 13 after our little Helmet as we call her past away recently) we are now getting a total of 4-6 eggs a day on average from our gals, but that is part of winter…lol. We typically stock pile a little before the production slows so we have some throughout the slow to no egg period. We do not like to force our gals to produce we let them do chicken/duck things and worry about keeping them warm during our very cold winters with this year being particularly very cold already.

  8. Matt J says:

    This year we converted our front yard into a garden as well. Even though we started late and it was our first year, we had a great harvest. We have all the spaghetti sauce, salsa, pesto, peaches, pear sauce, ketchup, pickles, pickle relish, pumpkin puree, peach jam, apricot jam, and raspberry jam we will need to last us through the year. We also put up a bunch of other veggies, but probably not enough, next year we will do better. Right now in Salt Lake City we have a foot of snow, so no growing here. This is our first year with chickens we have 5 hens and in November we had exactly 100 eggs! We don’t even have a heat lamp out there although the pen is well insulated. It’s probably that darn rooster that keeps them going. Haven’t had the heart to get rid of him yet.

  9. Lina says:

    That’s funny – my parent’s chickens in WV are molting for the second time this year as well We don’t know what’s going on either.

  10. Nancy says:

    Congratulations on your harvest! Not only do we have chickens molting for the second time this year but we had chickens become broody this fall and set on and hatch eggs! That’s a first for us.

  11. Annette Triplett @ CoMo Homestead says:

    Congratulations on your amazing harvest! That is quite an accomplishment. It gives the rest of us something to shoot for. 🙂

  12. Susan says:

    Congratulations! Maybe next year you’ll grow 7000 lbs!

    • Anais says:

      @Susan: Maybe! But of course one never knows, it’s like playing a slot machine. Sometimes all the cherries come up and sometimes not!

  13. Loretta says:

    Looks like moulting season is over. I laughed out loud when I saw the eggs. Here in Georgia, 1 dozen eggs at the grocery store prices range from $1.39 to $2.69. I would love to have chickens and goats, but we live in the city limits where “farm animals” are not allowed…not to mention our dogs would probably terrorize the poor creatures to death. The dogs do help keep the deer and racoons away though. So looking forward to next growing season and weighing in with you.

  14. Tamlynn says:

    Weird about the eggs. I got exactly the same number in Nov as Oct, and only one less than in Sep. So my girls seem to be holding steady.

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